Listen to BBC Radio 4 ‘in our time’ broadcaster Melvyn Bragg discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler with David Wootton (Professor of History at the University of York), Ulinka Rublack (Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College) and Adam Mosley (Associate Professor in the Department […]

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The main purpose of this recording is to present Kepler’s Harmony of the World for a period of several centuries, beginning with his birth date, 27 December 1571.

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In 1611, Kepler proposed that the closest sphere packing has a maximum density of pi/(3sqrt(2)) approx 74%). This assertion is known as the Kepler conjecture Listen to Simon Singh describe it in this BBC Radio 4 program.

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Hear a middle school student, Thomas Covington, interview a Johannes Kepler about his early years and his schooling in Weil der Stadt. New Kepler also discusses the current astronomical beliefs of 1590 and 1605 for the Year of Astronomy website.

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